Thanks to a wonderful gift from Hornsey Parochial Charities of musical instruments, ranging from a Brazilian Samba set to an assortment of brass instruments, we will be establishing a band at TreeHouse School in the New Year.
This band will be open to all of our students; everyone is welcome to get involved. 80% of pupils attending TreeHouse School rely on methods other than speech to communicate. For these pupils, music offers huge potential for communication. Patxi, our Music Teacher adds:
"For many of our pupils, music is a particularly successful and stress-free mode of communication. It can be tremendously empowering and enabling, and everyone can take part regardless of barriers."
Access to music also has potential to benefit our pupils in the following areas:
· Coordination – learning to use a range of instruments is a fun and engaging way to develop fine motor skills, listening and spatial skills.
· Concentration – access to music provides an opportunity for focusing on highly-transferrable ‘learning to learn’ skills, such as being able to sit and listen.
· Groupwork – many of our pupils find working in a group very stressful. Music sessions provide an excellent mechanism for building this skill.
Stay tuned for details of the TreeHouse School Christmas show on 14 December…
If you would like to make a donation to TreeHouse School and give a child with autism the gift of a voice, you can donate online here: ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/donate